[en-krohch-muh nt]


an act or instance of encroaching.
anything taken by encroaching.

Origin of encroachment

1425–75; late Middle English encrochement < Anglo-French. See encroach, -ment
Related formsnon·en·croach·ment, noun
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Related Words for encroachment

invasion, intrusion, inroad, trespass

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Word Origin and History for encroachment

1520s, from encroach + -ment. In Anglo-French from mid-15c.

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